My dear brother Barack Obama has a certain fear of free black men. As a young brother who grows up in a white context, brilliant African father, he’s always had to fear being a white man with black skin. All he has known culturally is white. He has a certain rootlessness, a deracination.
Barack Obama commits war crimes – Somalia, Yemen. He commits war crimes in Pakistan, Afghanistan. Martin Luther King Jr. tried to keep a spotlight on war crimes, to keep track of the innocents killed… There is a major clash.
We need to put strong Democratic pressure on President Obama in the name of poor and working people.
Black prophetic fire is the hypersensitivity to the suffering of others that generates a righteous indignation that results in the willingness to live and die for freedom.
Poor people and working people have not been the focus of the Obama administration. That for me is not just a disappointment but a kind of betrayal.
I’m an old Coltrane disciple just like I’m a Christian.
Martin Luther King Jr. was not just a man of peace. He was a radical pacifist, and so he was against war across the board.
There is something about boldness and fearlessness and being free enough to speak what is on one’s mind that warrants freedom.
Fire really means a certain kind of burning in the soul that one can no longer tolerate when one is pushed against a wall.